Hidradenitis Suppurativa Treatment
Hidradenitis suppurativa is an inflammatory skin disease that affects an estimated 200,000 people each year in the U.S. This skin disease affects women three times more often than men, and it can cause pain, scarring and other uncomfortable symptoms. Skin expert Dr. Morgan Rabach at LM Medical NYC is a board certified dermatologist who can diagnose complex skin diseases, like hidradenitis suppurativa, and provide effective hidradenitis suppurativa treatment at our clinic in Manhattan.
Symptoms of Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS)
HS usually begins after puberty, and the first symptoms are small bumps in areas like the arm pits, groin, inner thighs and buttocks where skin rubs together. HS involves an inflammation of the oil glands, creating pimple-like bumps that can grow up to the size of a marble. Not only are the bumps painful, but they can leak pus and fluid. This is a long-term skin disease, and over time, the skin can become scarred and movement of attached limbs can be painful. Skin infections, thickened skin and other skin damage can occur. HS can look similar to acne or boils, so it is important to have a dermatologist examination to receive an accurate diagnosis.
Treatment Options for HS
Early diagnosis and treatment for HS can help manage this disease. Lifestyle changes, like weight loss or quitting smoking, can help improve HS symptoms. Other treatments include antibiotics, corticosteroids and hormonal birth control. The only FDA-approved treatment for HS is a biologic medication that suppress the immune system called adalimumab. This medication is given by injection to help control HS. The right treatment depends on the severity of the symptoms.
If you have symptoms of hidradenitis suppurativa or received a diagnosis and want treatment, contact us at LM Medical NYC. We can schedule an appointment with renowned dermatologist Dr. Morgan to discuss HS treatment at our clinic in Greenwich Village.